WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — City and county Department of Transportation workers are in the process of clearing neighborhood roads of snow and ice.
Assistant Director of Winston-Salem Transportation Ryan Newcomb said they have gotten several calls about when secondary streets would begin to clear but plowing actually began Thursday night.
There are approximately 26 trucks, 5 plows and 5 motor graders with the city clearing the roads through the weekend until the work is done.
So far Winston-Salem has spread 600 to 700 tons of salt.
Newcomb said they won’t know the cost of cleanup and operations until after their storm debriefing meeting.
“A couple weeks ago it cost us about $85,000 between personnel, equipment and salt that we spread,” Newcomb said.
Across the county there are about 70 trucks clearing neighborhood roads with the NCDOT with the help of 45-50 contract workers out of Forsyth and Stokes counties.
NCDOT had spread between 1600 to 2,000 tons of salt.
NCDOT Maintenance Engineer Gary Neal said that, on average, rock salt is about $90 a ton.
Transportation crews ask people to be patient as they finish their rounds, expected to be complete before school resumes on Monday.